Montana Outdoors

September 11, 2009

Determined

Filed under: Montana, Nature, Outdoors, Photography, Photos, Pictures, Wildflowers — Tags: — montucky @ 10:15 pm

On a short hike this evening I found this pleasant little blossom growing in the middle of a deer trail. I first saw them bloom this year in early April, very soon after the snow had melted. They are still blooming now not long before the first snow of the coming winter will arrive in the high country.

Wild strawberry

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  1. Translucent quality to these petals. Lovely. Wild strawberry blossom at this late date does not give it time to put on fruit and mature. Will some deer come along and nibble this blossom? Perhaps that is why it is still blooming. But the first order of life, for any life, is to procreate. Sacrificing itself to insure another specie life does not fit that pattern. So, why is it blooming now?

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    Comment by Iona — September 11, 2009 @ 10:40 pm

    • It’s one more thing on a long and growing list of things I don’t understand, Iona. I have seen them bloom this late in other years before too. If I can stay alert enough perhaps I can see if they do have time to produce any results from these late blooms.

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      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2009 @ 8:29 am

      • That is great, as if only to give us some flowers before almost all foliage is gone.

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        Comment by scienceguy288 — September 12, 2009 @ 6:48 pm

        • They are great this late in the year and they have the stage all to themselves.

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          Comment by montucky — September 12, 2009 @ 9:44 pm

  2. IS it a strawberry, or something else? Only a few typical fall flowers blooming here, goldenrod, wild aster. Things are drying up and turning color…not giving fresh blossoms!

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    Comment by Cedar — September 12, 2009 @ 2:14 am

    • They are certainly strawberries, Cedar. We also have goldenrod and asters still in bloom and I see a few Harebells around too. Our colors are just barely starting now. I’m already looking forward to seeing some of the red fall colors from your area.

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      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2009 @ 8:32 am

  3. It is the interior of the flower that I find captivating. That, and the fact that they bloom all summer.

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    Comment by burstmode — September 12, 2009 @ 7:00 am

    • I’m also fascinated by the interior. It was nearly dark when this photo was taken and so I used the flash. The shadows hide the pretty green star pattern behind all of the interior activity.

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      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2009 @ 8:37 am

  4. Rogue flowers? I saw a wild rose on a plant yesterday, and it was the only flower on a shrub totally weighed down with rose hips.

    Who knows why these last flowers still bloom. Nice though.

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    Comment by Bo Mackison — September 12, 2009 @ 3:23 pm

    • I guess sometimes they get almost out of their range. I remember the buttercups in the snow in February this year too.

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      Comment by montucky — September 12, 2009 @ 9:45 pm


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